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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima Police say one of two boys who were believed to be the youngest murder defendants to be charged as adults in state history has escaped from custody.

The Washington Department of Corrections said Monday that 25-year-old Jake Lee Eakin failed to report to the Ahtanum View Work Release Center Sunday. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Eakin was convicted of murder in 2005 and sentenced to 14 years in prison for the 2003 beating and stabbing death of 13-year-old special education student Craig Sorger. At the time of the killing, Eakin was 12. He had been scheduled for release in September 2016.

Evan Savoie is serving a 20-year prison sentence in the same killing.

People with information about Eakin’s whereabouts are asked to call Yakima police at 509-575-6200.